Sunday, April 15, 2018


The msm has been curiously silent on the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill being promoted through the House as a Government Bill ... why, dunno ... guess it's not seen as 'sexy' enough to warrant a little digging.   It does.

The Bill removes the last remaining fiscal constraint on local councils by deleting the present clause 10(1)(b) of the Local Government Act 2002 requiring local government "to meet the current and future needs of communities for good quality local infrastructure, local public services and performance of regulatory functions in a way that is most cost-effective for businesses and households" and replace it with a new sub clause reading "to promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of communities in the present and for the future".    

Talk about a blank cheque for social engineering bereft of accountability beyond that of the triennial elections and by then it's too late.

All per courtesy of the COL.   For this (and many things) St Jacinda and her two little helpers have much to answer for.


Gerald said...

Forty days left to make your submissions.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

You have to blame Key of his many, many failings, not addressing local government reform, on the long list of his policy failings on areas of reform.
9 tears sitting on his arse being a smart mouth.
No wonder he and failed President Obama get on so well, love hearing the sound of their own voices, and their intellect echoing in the empty chamber.
Meanwhile local government in NZ through lack of meaningful controls is now set to run riot.

Anonymous said...

Rossco, any links to Obama being a failed President?? He comes in at No 12 in effective stakes from my googling. Light years ahead of the Orange one.

The Veteran said...

Gueez Rossco ... bit harsh, actually a bit stupid. WTF has John Key to do with this. It's the COL in power now; this is their Bill. Payback to the old 'Big Four' City Councils all controlled by Labour allowing them to run riot with ratepayers money.

If this crappy little Bill of just a few clauses centered around the word 'well-being' represents the best Labour can come up with after nine years in opposition then you should be worried ... very worried indeed.